Child abuse is a frightening social reality. Numerous studies, while not in full agreement, estimate that some 40% of girls and 30% of boys suffer some form of molestation by an adult during their childhood and adolescence, with the majority of child sexual abuse occurring within the setting of an extended family. We as the "People of God" are called to work together to stop all forms of sexual abuse, wherever they occur.
Priests, deacons, school faculty and administrators and other staff members in our parishes and schools have been designated as mandated reporters under California law. When one of these persons receives information leading to a "reasonable suspicion" that a child is being abused or neglected, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency. For Information on Responding to an Allegation of Suspected Child Abuse see: http://www.archdiocese.la/protecting/resources.
If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at: (800) 355-2545 for assistance to make a report or seek help directly by contacting one of the Child Protective Services or one of the Law Enforcement Agencies listed below:
LA County Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 540-4000
Investigative Control Unit for All Child Abuse Reports: (800) 485-4700
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:
Special Victims Bureau (24 hours): (562) 946-8531
To speak to a detective: (562) 946-7960
District Attorney's Office:
Sexual Crimes Division: (213) 974-9790
Family Violence Divison: (213) 974-3785
For callers residing outside the State of California who wish to contact Child Protective Services in Los Angeles, call (213) 639-4500.
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